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Come and talk, rebels urged after insurgency crackdown

Iraq’s Shia Prime Minister called for talks with Sunni rebels yesterday as the start of a security crackdown in Baghdad was marked by government troops trading fire with insurgents. Nouri al-Maliki’s offer of an olive branch to his enemies is part of a concerted effort with Washington to build on the momentum generated by last week’s killing of the al-Qaeda militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and this week’s unexpected visit from President Bush. Full Story

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